Ex-Journey singer Steve Perry reveals cancer scare, relationship in emotional blog post
Perry writes that, after seeing psychologist and breast cancer survivor Kellie Nash in a TV movie about cancer, he fell for the woman and knew he needed to meet her. "In May of 2011, I was with Patty Jenkins in an editing room as she was putting the final editing touches on what was to be the closing segment of a Lifetime Channel breast cancer special called 'Five,'" he says. "As the opening scenes camera panned across an outside hospital patio, a narrator's voice commented on their lives and their types of cancer. The camera came across this girl sitting there laughing ... I asked [Patty] if she would send Kellie an email that your friend Steve would love to take her to coffee or lunch sometime."
The former frontman says that Jenkins told him she would, but that she wanted to warn him that Nash's cancer had returned in her lungs and bones, leaving her in a fight for her life. Upon meeting, Perry remarks that it was love at first sight, resulting in a year and a half lone relationship. Sadly, Nash died in December 2012.
"She was so strong, so courageous and we really loved each other so very much. I've been trying to grieve and not run from this loss so for the last 5 months that's what I've been doing along with recalling everything being in Love with Kellie taught me," Perry writes.
He also reveals that he'd recently had a mole removed from his face that would up being cancerous. "I've had two surgeries in two weeks to remove all the cancer cells and I've been told they think they got it all and no other treatments are required,"Perry says.
Perry concludes, "Though Kellie and I were only together for 1 and 1/2 years, it was a lifetime of love packed into every moment."